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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Forecast: Calm, mostly clear end to our week; wintry weather this weekend?

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Sunny, with still-comfortable temperatures near 50 and a light breeze. Can you get out of work early?
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Near 50 to mid-50s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near 30 to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Light rain or rain changing to snow late? Mid-40s to Near 50. | Sunday: Morning wintry weather? Partly sunny. 40s to near 50. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today through tomorrow morning should remain fairly tranquil and sunny, before clouds begin to arrive Saturday afternoon or evening. Those clouds could produce some rain or snow showers late tomorrow night and into early Sunday. There’s even an outside chance of accumulation if things come together right. But temperatures are going to be marginal, and the precipitation cutoff sharp. Our higher forecast confidence doesn’t return until Monday and Tuesday, when calmer and mild conditions -- in the upper 40s to mid-50s -- return as well.

Snow Potential Index: 3 (↑) - Wet snowflakes and even some on the ground might be possible Sat night into Sun morning. Stay tuned!
 
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Today (Friday): Sun is probable all day, thanks to high pressure moving in from the west, stabilizing the air so that clouds have difficulty forming. Assuming much of the day stays sunny, we should still see high temperatures near or above 50. Your body may notice “cooler” temperatures; but, can you believe it is STILL 5-10 degrees above our average high? A slight breeze from the northwest may be noticeable, but not terrible. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies should remain fairly clear, but some clouds could move through from time to time. A light west breeze may encourage the use of a scarf. Low temperatures range from the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): There should be some sun in the morning, but clouds could increase pretty quickly heading into midday. These clouds may hold us to the mid-40s or near 50, but if they hold off ‘longer maybe into the 50s. Precipitation, probably light, may enter into the area by afternoon. Given daytime temperatures it seems likely it would start as rain. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: There’s about a 40-50% chance of precipitation. It looks like any in the area would try to change to snow as the night progresses, quickest in the colder areas north and west (if precipitation is ongoing there as a cutoff may set up near the area). If precipitation continues through the night, much of the area may change to snow. Low temperatures, as of now, may only get to the low-to-mid 30s downtown, perhaps one or two colder spots dip near 30 degrees. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday:Wintry precipitation remains about a 40-50% chance through the early morning, and depending on temperatures, some snow accumulation may be occurring. Just keep in mind, there’s still the alternative scenario where the storm misses and we just get clouds, though that seems perhaps a little less likely as of now. Temperatures should head toward the mid-40s or even as high as 50 in a less-stormy scenario. That should help promote a relatively worry free outing to Super Bowl events. Confidence: Low

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Skies continue to clear off and, absent a full insulating blanket of clouds, temperatures cool down into the upper 20s, to perhaps as high as the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Monday may have a mix of clouds and sun, with only a small 10-20% chance of showers, as it looks now. Temperatures could still get fairly mild, in the upper 40s to lower 50s. More clouds & a few more showers than currently expected could keep temperatures in the mid-40s though. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday appears to want to be sunnier and milder with highs likely heading for 50, if not heading into the 50s. The groundhog might not be happy. Confidence: Medium

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